Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, and other specialty items at the New Rochelle Farmers Market, every Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm by Thomas Paine Cottage, at North Avenue and Broadview. I picked up my weekly fix of pickles and olives at the ribbon-cutting, along with some fresh cinnamon donuts that (maybe) I will share with the kids.
From June 10 through 17, the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID) encourages visitors, families and residents to eat healthy when they dine Downtown. Through the “Bloom and Grow” program, more than a dozen New Rochelle Downtown Restaurants will feature Plant-Based Menu Specials along with Signature Floral Cocktails/Mocktails. More here.
A bumper crop of baby critters around our house this spring. First, the robins that hatched and fledged just outside our front door, now this adorable groundhog pup, seen here nuzzling its mother, that pays frequent visits to our backyard. The pup will be independent at about 2 months of age, which, considering the counter-example of my teenage sons, is hard to comprehend.
Today’s NY Times accurately captures the sense of frustration felt by mayors across the country, as we grapple with escalating gun violence in the absence of effective federal action. While Governor Hochul and the NYS Legislature are doing good work, many of the policy failures that put guns in the wrong hands are national in scope and require a national approach. Despite strong advocacy from the Biden Administration, the political impediments in Congress seem overwhelming, with only minimal measures under serious discussion. The United States is the only industrialized nation with an epidemic of mass shootings — guns are the reason. There is no issue which better illustrates the capacity of a motivated, well-organized minority to trample over the clear interests and preferences of the great majority of Americans.
I joined 230 colleagues across the nation in urging federal action to provide universal background checks for gun sales, one of several measures urgently needed to curb the epidemic of gun violence. Read our letter here.
I am very grateful to live in a community where all people are encouraged to be their true, best selves, and where we lift up our neighbors, friends, and colleagues with respect and love. The Pride Flag and the other Pride symbols in place today at New Rochelle City Hall affirm these important values, while also celebrating the enormous contributions made by LGBTQ residents to our whole city.
Very glad to welcome another terrific business to our growing downtown: Hair House, a boutique salon with a devoted clientele, including Katie Couric, who was on hand for the opening celebration. Dana Fiore, the founder and owner, moved her thriving business from its previous location in the Bronx, and is already enjoying even greater success here in New Rochelle. And as the first commercial tenant at the base of the new apartment building at 360 Huguenot Street, Hair House sets an excellent standard for more openings to come.
Watch this beautiful performance by New Rochelle musicians of A Ukrainian Prayer by John Rutter, a moving tribute to the people of Ukraine in a dark hour. Thank you to Valerie Samn, Songcatchers, and the Episcopal Churches of New Rochelle for conceiving this collaborative effort.
The Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates show that New Rochelle has grown by about 2% since the 2020 census, for a total of 81,587 residents. That’s the fastest growth of any city in New York State! While the estimates are not broken down by address, it seems likely that our local growth is driven primarily by the very strong demand for downtown housing, with most new buildings leasing up ahead of projections.
It was a great honor to participate this morning in New Rochelle’s observance of Memorial Day, as our community paid tribute to the members of the United States armed forces who gave their lives in service to country. Here are my remarks. Sincere thanks to the Veterans Advisory Committee to organizing today’s ceremony and to all who attended.